The question How German Is It underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s novel, an icy panorama of contemporary. The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany. The question implicit in the title of Walter Abish’s novel1 immediat alerts us to problems moment in German history, Abish plays with the familiar images such .
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As the title infers, Abish is interested in the question of how uniquely German the Holocaust was, and how its people could have committed such an act. There was a problem adding your email address.
Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. How German is ‘it’ — meaning: This is pretty much what one finds in German TV serials. A mesmeric peep into the postwar German psyche. I love Germany – I love the culture, I love most of the literature, I love the language and the history. Their only reaction is abizh turn their back on it. To this conundrum Abish adds much with his cinematic prose, prefigured by the quote from Jean-Luc Godard that opens his book: As others have said, perhaps too much?
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Set 34 years after the fall of the Third Reich, it follows the lives of a number of hateful characters, during a period of several months, as they do their best to appear “perfect” to the rest of the world while behaving despicably to each other. How German Is It is perhaps his most celebrated novel, and certainly his most complex. The answers Abish finds to these questions are not always satisfactory, gsrman only because Abish himself was uncertain of them.
Aug 18, Maia rated it really liked it. Apr 03, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. SinceAbish has taught at several eastern universities and colleges.
It is chiefly a character-driven story, and it’s through his skilled characterization that Abish is able to present such a layered portrait of post-war Germany. We got thousands of slides and so much information you’d think we were being trained as Medics! The question posed by the title certainly captures the central dilemma of the characters in the story, caught between a tradition of order, emotional reserve, and cold analysis of facts, and the pervasive presence of American consumer culture in late-twentieth century Europe.
The former is illustrated by a town renamed after a contemporary philosopher where the past is literall A young Walter Abish and his parents fled Austria in the late s and after the better part of two decades first in Shanghai, then Israel, he came to America, finally beginning to publish English fiction and poetry in his early 40s.
How German Is It? by Walter Abish
But it is better than reading Peter Handke’s Across. More recent novelists have turned their attention to this question with equally unsure conclusions: Now, I’m not saying don’t read it. When it does- it’s thrilling. It is like a trap in the dark forest that is always around you, around the city where our “hero” stays From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
I really loved the very first section of this, which cleaved closely to a single character’s POV. This is the kind of book you start reading, and you immediately get very excited about.
Helmuth is a prosperous architect and Ulrich is a writer of popular autobiographical fiction. And, until later in the book, we don’t get confirmation of this, but when we do it’s welcome and pleasing as a reading experience. I had read when ls was in my last twenties and thought it was “good”, ok good The Hargenaus were berman a noble and revered family.
Abish is amazing – this book unfolds so slowly and carefully, so much discipline and control. Andreas Baader must have been a tiny bit like Eldridge Cleaver, but even G. But then questions of how to comprehend the atrocities bow the Third Reich will trouble novelists for eternity. For all its seriousness the book is also very funny. Now the two remaining brothers, the writer Ulrich and the architect Helmut in suhrkamp Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in ger,an Pro Connect email alert.
A brief flurry of publishing through uow s was followed with relative silence through to germaan present day.
His first novel, Duel Sitedid not appear until Abish was turning forty. The book has a lot of punch. How German Is it — one of these books you read when you are young and don’t understand at all His second novel, Alphabetical Africacemented his reputation. Published November 17th by New Directions first published The former is illustrated by a town renamed after a contemporary philosopher where the past is literally covered up by concrete a sewer pipe collapse revels a mass grave from a former prison camp and figuratively all library card catalog entries for the town’s prior name redirect to the new one and nothing else.
How German Is It/Wie Deutsch ist es
People out for a stroll, affably greeting their neighbours. Feb 12, Paul rated it it was amazing.
Feb 20, Azabu rated it really liked it. All the more amazing for Abish having never been to Germany yet so as to not color his titular question one way or another.
The weight of the past, the haunting and shame and guilt.
Literary trickster, Walter Abish, was a late bloomer. That being said, it’s not an epic, and therefore, I’m hesitant to give it 5 stars.